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Object and Scene Recognition Software Work Together to Understand Video Content
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Object and Scene Recognition Software Work Together to Understand Video Content

A team from Disney Research and Shanghai's Fudan University has used deep-learning techniques to train computer software to recognize events in videos.

As It Searches for Suspects, the FBI May Be Looking at You
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As It Searches for Suspects, the FBI May Be Looking at You

The FBI has access to nearly 412 million photos in its facial recognition system—perhaps including the one on your driver's license.

Tour de France to Use Thermal Imaging to Fight Mechanical Doping
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Tour de France to Use Thermal Imaging to Fight Mechanical Doping

They call it "mechanical doping," but the name simply doesn't do it justice.

Visual Cloud Computing Methods Could Help First Responders in Disaster Scenarios
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Visual Cloud Computing Methods Could Help First Responders in Disaster Scenarios

Researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a visual cloud computing architecture that streamlines the process of analyzing visual electronic data.

This Sculpture Was Designed and 3-D Printed by an AI Artist
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This Sculpture Was Designed and 3-D Printed by an AI Artist

Information Technology University of Copenhagen professor Joel Lehman and colleagues have created an artificial intelligence that can design and generate physical...

Malware Can Steal Data From Air-Gapped Devices via Fans
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Malware Can Steal Data From Air-Gapped Devices via Fans

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev report data can be stolen from an air-gapped computer using the computer's fan to a nearby mobile phone equipped...

Edward Snowden Denounces Russia's New 'Big Brother' Surveillance Bill
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Edward Snowden Denounces Russia's New 'Big Brother' Surveillance Bill

Edward Snowden has been in exile in Russia since 2013, when he leaked classified documents about the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs.

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Closing in on Jupiter
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NASA's Juno Spacecraft Closing in on Jupiter

Last Friday (6/24), at exactly 9:57 and 48 seconds a.m. PDT, NASA's Juno spacecraft was 5.5 million miles (8.9 million kilometers) from its July 4th appointment...

Expansion of Early Universe Modelled in Unprecedented Detail
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Expansion of Early Universe Modelled in Unprecedented Detail

For the first time, cosmologists have used the full power of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity to perform detailed calculations of the Universe's evolution...

Artificial Intelligence's White Guy Problem
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Artificial Intelligence's White Guy Problem

Artificial intelligence (AI) may be worsening inequality, given the biases being embedded within the underlying machine-learning algorithms, says Kate Crawford,...

The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016
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The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

The World Economic Forum has published its annual list of 2016's breakthrough technologies, with a specific focus on closing the gaps in investment and regulation...

Data Centers Are No Longer The Energy Hogs They Once Were
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Data Centers Are No Longer The Energy Hogs They Once Were

Efforts by some of the world's largest Internet companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon to reduce the amount of energy their data centers consume is now bearing...

Mapping Online Hate Speech
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Mapping Online Hate Speech

Researchers from the University of Oxford and Addis Ababa University analyzed more than 13,000 comments made on 1,055 Facebook pages around the time of Ethiopia's...

This Algorithm Can Steal Any Celebrity's Haircut
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This Algorithm Can Steal Any Celebrity's Haircut

Postdoctoral student Menglei Chai and collaborators at Zhejiang University can create three-dimensional models of any hairstyle, solely from a photo.

Computing as a Force for Social Good
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Computing as a Force for Social Good

The Computing Community Consortium recently organized a two-day symposium focused on whether research-based innovations in computing could become a catalyst for...

Supercomputer Powered by Mobile Chips Suggests New Threat to Intel
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Supercomputer Powered by Mobile Chips Suggests New Threat to Intel


First CRISPR Clinical Trial Gets Green Light from US Panel
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First CRISPR Clinical Trial Gets Green Light from US Panel

CRISPR, the genome-editing technology that has taken biomedical science by storm, is finally nearing human trials.

Bletchley Park in 360: See Inside Britain's Enigma-Breaking HQ
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Bletchley Park in 360: See Inside Britain's Enigma-Breaking HQ

In a special video production, CNET takes you inside the hallowed halls of Bletchley Park, the stately home in Buckinghamshire, England where the Enigma code was...

How Google DeepMind's Ant Soccer Skills Can Help Improve Your Search Results
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How Google DeepMind's Ant Soccer Skills Can Help Improve Your Search Results

Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence is learning to navigate thee-dimensional environments and games, including a soccer game played as a virtual ant.

How Well Do Facial Recognition Algorithms Cope With a Million Strangers?
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How Well Do Facial Recognition Algorithms Cope With a Million Strangers?

The MegaFace Challenge aims to assess the performance of face-recognition algorithms at the million-person scale.
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